Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 17

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Sep 22

A Look at the Orlando Magic’s “Franchise Five”

On Thursday, ESPN.com gave fans the opportunity to determine the five ultimate players for every franchise in the NBA. Voting commenced for several days and for the Orlando Magic, the players chosen were Penny Hardaway at point guard, Tracy McGrady at shooting guard, Grant Hill at small forward, Rashard Lewis at power forward, and Shaquille …

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Sep 21

The Orlando Magic Remain Title Contenders for the Time Being

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images “Does Orlando still have a window open to win an NBA championship?” This question was asked last week and even though the answer may be obvious to some, it’s a topic that’s worth exploring as the Orlando Magic get ready to start training camp next week at the Amway Center. Yes, …

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Sep 17

Are the Orlando Magic Still Title Contenders?

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Via Matt Moore of CBSSports.com: As Courtney Lee hung in the air, anticipating the incoming lob for a last second shot in the NBA Finals, he likely didn’t know anything of what would happen as a result in the next 1.5 seconds. He would miss the alley-oop, a nearly impossible …

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Sep 15

For Jameer Nelson, All Eyes on Him

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images If there’s one player for the Orlando Magic that could have a major impact on the season this year, aside from Dwight Howard, it’s fellow captain Jameer Nelson. In the 2010 NBA Playoffs, there was no question that Nelson was the second-best player for the Magic. To some, that was a surprise. …

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Sep 12

Fact or Fiction: Vince Carter is Valuable Enough to Merit an Upgrade at the Wing Position in a Trade

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Vince Carter’s expiring contract is the Magic’s best opportunity to upgrade the wing position with a high-quality player (go-to guy) for the future. _______ Fact The off-season is nearly over for the Orlando Magic …

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Sep 08

Fact or Fiction: Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter, and Brandon Bass Will Remain With the Orlando Magic Until the End of the Season

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter, and Brandon Bass will all finish this season in a Magic uniform. _______ Fact It can be argued, even if it’s — admittedly — not the strongest argument, that the …

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Sep 03

Fact or Fiction: Rashard Lewis Should Start at Small Forward

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Statement The Orlando Magic need to shift Rashard Lewis to the small forward position and run a “more traditional” scheme if they want to be able to advance to the NBA Finals and win. …

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Sep 01

Fact or Fiction: J.J. Redick Will Become a Starter This Season

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Statement J.J. Redick will be the starting shooting guard by the beginning of the playoffs. _______ Fact If J.J. Redick is starting for the Orlando Magic at the shooting guard position on the eve …

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Aug 30

Playbook: The Corner Three-Pointer

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Over the last three years, the three-point shot has been used by the Orlando Magic as one of the primary weapons of choice in their offensive attack. There are many critics that bemoan head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s dependence of the three-pointer in the Magic’s philosophy on offense, yet …

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Aug 26

Playbook: The 1/2 Pick and Roll

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images The Orlando Magic have a number of pick and roll variations in their playbook. This is not a new revelation. Yet there’s one variation, in particular, that has proven to be lethal in specific situations for the Magic and that’s the 1/2 pick and roll with Jameer Nelson and Vince …

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